Peace Meditations

PeaceBesides launching United Nations of Harpists (previous post), I have been actively hosting and facilitating Peace Meditations for the past six months. These gatherings on Zoom began back in November 2020:

  • Election Day
  • Senate run-offs (January 5, 2021)
  • MLK Day on January 18, 2021 (when there were rumors of extensive violence across the country prior to Inauguration Day).

And now two times a month, a group that I’m part of who is studying the issue of race relations is meditating for diversity, equity and inclusion.

All of these meditative experiences are powerful! We meditate in silence and I play the harp intermittently to keep our vibration high and focused. We are meditating for the highest good for all in our country and the world. My vision is more harpists will be hosting and facilitating these peaceful gatherings around the world … what a positive way to contribute!

Peace to you …

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United Nations of Harpists

Images - United Nations 1I’m so excited to announce that over the past winter, I launched a new organization called United Nations of Harpists. It is harpists from all over the world who are playing the harp for peace, unity, love and harmony. Currently, we have 30 harpists from 9 countries.

If you are a harpist and this mission “speaks to you,” please consider joining us! Click here for more information. We meet once a month – our next meeting is April 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. CST. (There are two options because of the numerous countries/time zones – you only need to attend one session.)

Peace to you …

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A Beautiful Gift!

United Nations Charm1When United Nations of Harpists launched in February 2021, we were a Zoom gathering of 28 harpists from eight countries + one of my dear friends who is not a harpist, but asked, “Can non-harpists also be a part of this group?” Of course, I said yes!

After our first meeting, this friend called me and said, “When I was 10 years old, I attended the World’s Fair in New York City. On that trip, we toured the United Nations … my family bought me a charm for my bracelet that I’ve kept for 50+ years! And now, because of your new organization, I’m gifting you with this charm.” (see photo)

I am so touched … what a beautiful gift and so very meaningful! Thank you to my special, dear friend!!

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Harp Music & Pets!

Harp & PetsA few days after the George Floyd murder, I was practicing my harp when my phone rang. It was my dear friends in Kansas City checking in to see how I was doing through all the turmoil. I told them I was playing my harp, and as long as I was doing that, I felt OK.

I asked her if she’d like a harp song. I sat my phone down, played and after finishing the song, she said, “My dog was so agitated and as he listened on speaker to the harp, he curled up beside me and is now completely chilled out … we both calmed down!! Thank you.”

Do you have pets? Try some harp music!!

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Peace and Justice

PeaceI live in the Twin Cities, about 10 miles from where the George Floyd murder happened in May 2020. The ensuing violence and looting was frightening and sad.

In mid-July 2020, a friend asked me if I was interested in joining a group called “In Solidarity” to study and learn more about race relations. I jumped at the chance! It has been quite a learning experience and so far, this list has been our discussion materials:

  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • 13th movie – documentary about the 13th Amendment
  • All In: The Fight for Democracy – documentary about Stacey Abrams
  • Seeing White podcast
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

While I have often said, “Peace and joy,” now I’m say, “Peace and justice!” As a culture and world, we have a long way to go, but I am hopeful as I’m watching nine white women transform, recognizing there are men and women all across the country doing this important work, as we heal this deeply embedded issue.

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Every musician’s home now has sound equipment!

microphone in front of packed roomWhen the pandemic “hit,” many musicians’ businesses were turned upside down. It took some time to figure out if and how we could become viable again. Zoom to the rescue! (Zoom is a videoconferencing platform – now used by millions worldwide.)

The only problem is the harp doesn’t sound very good on the Zoom platform. (Zoom is set up for speaking voices, not musical instruments.) After extensive research, we decided to invest in sound equipment. And as usual with technology, one thing led to another!

First, it was a condenser microphone/stand/cable, then the iRig interface from the mic into the computer. Next, was a lapel mic so you can hear Tami and finally, ear buds so she can hear you. As Tami worked with her vendor, his business was booming! And guess why … every musician’s home now has sound equipment! Overnight, the musician’s world changed … yes, we are a resilient and flexible people because we continue to be passionate about offering our musical gifts and services to the world.

You can decide for yourself if you approve our sound on Zoom. Contact Tami at tami@musicalreflections.com or 952-829-1919 for details.

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Virtual Bedside Vigils

hospital[1]Tami Briggs lives in Minneapolis, MN and is now offering virtual hospital and hospice bedside vigils via Zoom. She is a therapeutic harpist and has her certification from the International Harp Therapy Program. Tami has played at the bedside of hundreds of hospital and hospice patients. Benefits and possible outcomes of harp therapy include:

  • Creates a calming environment in homes and for hospital/hospice patients, families, visitors, and staff.
  • Allows hospital patients and families to focus on something hopeful and beautiful to distract them from pain and suffering.
  • Nurtures people in time of physical and/or emotional pain.
  • Vibrates and penetrates body tissues and cells to facilitate healing.
  • Provides positive sensory stimulation.
  • Provides palliative care for hospital and hospice patients in transition.
  • Improves physiological effects, such as relaxed muscle tension, increased oxygenation, slower heart rate, lowered blood pressure, etc.

If you are interested in this unique service offered by Tami, please contact her at tami@musicalreflections.com or 952-829-1919.

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Meditation in the New Year

MeditationAre you ramping up your meditation practice since the New Year? Here’s one idea to bring in more love and light … and don’t forget to turn on your favorite harp music before you start:

  • Close your eyes. Take a deep, slow inhalation breath through your nose. And move your gaze or focus to your third eye (between your eyebrow and at the center of your forehead). Envision light streaming into you.
  • Exhale through your mouth and move your focus to your heart.
  • Repeat the first two bullet points very slowly with deep breaths.
  • Each time you go into your heart, expand the good feelings. Envision love, appreciation, peace, gratitude and joy.
  • This is Light and Love.
  • Continue to connect to yourself, the community around you, as well as the world at large.

You can do this meditation any time you need to connect with something that is bigger than yourself. Happy meditating!

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Happy New Year!

2021At Musical Reflections, we bring you a “Happy New Year!” greeting. We know so many people in 2020 who struggled in several different ways. We have high hopes that 2021 will be much better … may it be so!!

We love working with intentions and usually select one “focus” word as the new year is ushered in. The word we selected for 2021 is “health” … for obvious reasons! Whether it is stress reduction via harp music or the BioMat as a complementary healing product, we enjoy sharing our healthy line of products with you. To learn more, contact us at tami@musicalreflections.com or 952-829-1919.

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Musical Reflections wishes you Happy Holidays!

Happy HolidaysIf you need a last-minute “stocking stuffer” holiday gift, now’s the time … Musical Reflections is happy to help! Ideas for your loved ones include:

From Musical Reflections, may your holidays be blessed with love, joy and peace. Happy Holidays!

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